Due to the discovery of oil in the shallow waters of Angola, Sonangol, National Society of Hydrocarbons of Angola, Sonangol, National Society of Hydrocarbons of Angola, took the decision to set up an
Aeronautical Division, the embryo of SonAir, with the objective of supporting the oil exploration activity with air transportation.
Created on October 10, 1979, the Sonangol - DAR, Aeronautics Division began operations with a Dakota DC-3 aircraft,and to offshore operations with an Alouette III SA316B helicopter. At this time, the first contract was signed with Texaco, an oil customer.
Six years later, on September 30th, 1985, the Aeronautics Division was constituted as a Directorate, being renamed as the the Aeronautical Directorate of Sonangol.
With the large-scale expansion of oil exploration in Angola, SonAir Serviço Aérreo, SARL, was formed by Sonangol on 16 February 1998, as a Subsidiary Sonangol, which later became SonAir Serviço Aéreo, S.A.
SonAir used to have Aircrafts of the type:
- Fokker 27.
- Fokker 50
- Falcon 20
- Beechcraft 350
- Boeing 727
- Falcon 900
- Falcon 7X
- Airbus 319
SonAir used as well as:
- Dauphin N2
- Dauphin N3
- Sikorsky A
- Sikorsky A++
- Sikorsky C+
Today, SonAir operates a completely modern fleet tand offers a quality service to its client portfolio.